• (noun): The act or process of vegetating.
  • (noun): The plants of an area or a region; plant life: The vegetation is lush on the Hawaiian Islands.
  • (noun): Pathology An abnormal growth on the body.

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  • (noun): inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life; "their holiday was spent in sleep and vegetation"
  • (noun): an abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty excrescence on the valves of the heart)
  • (noun): the process of growth in plants
  • (noun): all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"

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Vegetation is an assemblage of plant species and the ground cover they provide. It is a general term, without specific reference to particular taxa, life forms, structure, spatial extent, or any other specific botanical or geographic characteristics. It is broader than the term flora which refers to species composition. Perhaps the closest synonym is plant community, but vegetation can, and often does, refer to a wider range of spatial scales than that term does, including scales as large as the global. Primeval redwood forests, coastal mangrove stands, sphagnum bogs, desert soil crusts, roadside weed patches, wheat fields, cultivated gardens and lawns; all are encompassed by the term vegetation.
The vegetation type is defined by characteristic dominant species, or a common aspect of the assemblage, such as an elevation range or environmental commonality. The contemporary use of vegetation approximates that of ecologist Frederic Clements' term earth cover, an expression still used by the Bureau of Land Management. Natural vegetation refers to plant life undisturbed by humans in its growth and which is controlled by the climatic conditions of that region.

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  • Hence genus and species stand in subaltern relation, and whatever is true of the genus is true of the species: If _All animal life is dependent on vegetation, All human life is dependent on vegetation_.

  • During May through December, the vegetation is a lush jungle green, offering a great variety of eco-tourism activities to give you full contact with the wonders of nature.

  • Arizona vegetation is tough and extremely well defended (as anyone knows who has brushed carelessly against a prickly-pear cactus).

  • The surrounding vegetation is dense and thick, including a thousand shades of green, hundreds of dancing palm trees, giant lime trees, mahogany trees, and an abundance of papaya, mango, banana trees.

  • The predominant vegetation is agave under cultivation -- occasionally on the steepest of hillsides -- and mixed brush, with pole cactus and palm interspersed.

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